Americans for the Arts envisions an America where every child has access to—and takes part in—high quality and lifelong learning experiences in the arts, both in school and in the community.  We believe that learning in the arts enables every individual to develop the critical thinking, collaborative, and creative skills necessary to succeed in the ever changing diverse and global economies of today’s world. 

Through the Arts Education Network, Americans for the Arts provides arts education professionals with professional development opportunities as well as tools and resources  needed to strengthen arts education in their own communities. Members of the Arts Education Network are professional members of Americans for the Arts, and represent a cross-section of arts education leaders, including arts administrators, teaching artists, school administrators, and representatives from higher education.

The Arts Education Council, an advisory body elected by the Network, provides guidance on the development and execution of programs and services that meet the needs of these arts education professionals nationwide.

Read more about the Arts Education Network and Council.

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Aug 20, 2014

Americans for the Arts announced today that ten state teams would join a three-year pilot program to strengthen arts education by advancing state policy.

Jun 20, 2014

On Wednesday, June 18, Bob Lynch and other members of Americans for the Arts' staff joined The Art Institutes for their Congressional Arts Reception honoring this year's Annual Poster Desig

May 29, 2014

Americans for the Arts, a leading partner in The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS), will launch in partnership with NCCAS the 2014 National Core Arts Standards in

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Aug 11, 2014

Smith Micro Software and Sprint have teamed up to launch an avatar design contest that will help encourage students explore their creative side through the digital arts.

Aug 08, 2014

Throughout the month of August, JCPenney shoppers can round up their purchases to the nearest dollar and donate the difference to support arts in education.

Jul 09, 2014

A new report was released today, profiling the state of the arts in one of the country’s largest school system – Chicago Public Schools.

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A Shared Endeavor: Arts Education for America’s Students
The inequity of access to quality arts education must be addressed.
A Shared Endeavor

Americans for the Arts recently joined 12 arts and education advocacy groups to release A Shared Endeavor: Arts Education for America’s Students.

This statement articulates the purpose and value of arts education in the balanced curriculum of all students, asserts its place as a core academic subject area, and details how sequential arts learning can be supported by rigorous national standards and assessments.

The model is predicated on the convergence the skills and expertise of several members of the arts education ecosystem: arts educators, community arts organizations and non-arts educators.